Cricket: Call for 'serious shake up' of North Lindsey league
A "serious shake-up" of the North Lindsey Cricket League is being advocated by a well-known sportsman.
Jimmy Snee, veteran cricketer and former footballer of renown, has circulated his views on how the Sunday competition should change.
He is speaking off his own bat, not on behalf of any club.
It currently has three divisions and involves teams as far apart as Blyth and Misterton (North Notts) and Cleethorpes and Grimsby Town (North East Lincs), although the major of clubs are drawn from North Lincolnshire and West Lindsey.
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Games are now 40 overs an innings, starting at 2pm.
Jimmy thinks it worrying to see North Lindsey clubs "failing to raise sides throughout the campaign."
He notes that one divisional cup final was not played, while a number of league matches were doubled-headers.
Jimmy says his thoughts are his own but "hopefully will create a debate to ensure the future of the North Lindsey League for years to come."
He says he is not seeking to criticise individuals, committees or clubs, but thinks a format needs to be created to encourage people to play cricket on a Sunday afternoon.
The Snee Plan
• 24 overs an innings, 2pm start, 6pm finish.
Bowling restrictions, with batting restrictions if required.
• Use T20 rules as a guide (eg for leg-side wides).
• 20-minute break between innings - home team to provide tea/biscuits at no charge.
• Three leagues of six teams: EAST: Barton, Broughton, Upton, Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town, Caistor. WEST: Blyth, Misterton, Everton, Haxey, Outcasts, Luddington. CENTRAL: Scunthorpe Town, Appleby-Frodingham, Hibaldstow, Normanby Park, Alkborough, Messingham.
Jimmy suggests the league should set dates for all games between mid-May and mid-July, but exclude bank holiday Sundays.
Quarter-finals would be played on the last Sunday in July, with semi-finals the following week and the final in mid-August.
The knockout stage would involve the top two from each league plus the two best runners-up.
Jimmy says that starting in mid-May and ending in mid-August would suit grounds where more than one sport is played.
Rules and playing conditions can only be changed at the league's annual general meeting.
This will be held in Scunthorpe on Wednesday, October 24 at Appleby-Frodingham Cricket Club's Brumby Hall pavilion (7.30pm).